Clayton Kershaw got through his first test in his eventual return to the Dodgers rotation.
The left-hander allowed one run, on a home run, two hits, he struck out six, and walked one, in five innings of work for the Dodgers high-A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Kershaw threw 56 pitches, which is one more than the 55 he was projected to throw.
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The Dodgers have not said how many rehab starts the 26-year-old would need before he rejoins the big league club. He’s been throwing bullpen sessions, and tossed a simulated game last Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw reportedly pulled a muscle in his upper back while playing catch just days after his opening day start March 22 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. Kershaw is a two-time Cy Young Award winner, and has led the National League in ERA each of the last three seasons.